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Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.


College presidents to speak at NDDC Downtown Forum

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson and Carleton College President Rob Oden will address the monthly NDDC Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. (Click the image to see the cool full-size poster for the event.)

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House at Third and Division streets in Northfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served.


Oles win library spelling bee

The first Northfield Public Library Spelling Bee is over and a team from St. Olaf College claimed the championship. 

Griff Wigley who was at the event, reports that Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb and Paul Zorn showed their Ole spirit -- and a mastery of Webster's -- as they beat some tough competition from all over town. Those are all the details I have, so if you were there, please feel free to add more info in the comments field below.

We've got a photo gallery of the event and as usual, Griff had camera in hand, so you can see his take on the evening just by clicking here.

More inside, including a listing of teams...


Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...


New downtown bike racks are here

New Bike Racks

Northfield city workers installed new bike racks along Division Street in downtown Tuesday morning. The city worked with the NDDC and downtown businesses on this project.

Photo courtesy of Alex Beeby.


Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."


Photos from the wine tasting

I took three photos at Northfield Liquor Store's Wine Club event at the Grand Event Center on Thursday night.

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Left: cheeses were presented by Stuart Reid and Melody of Just Food Co-op, with baguettes provided by Brick Oven Bakery.



Daughters of the Game; Then and Now

The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Senior Center present "Daughters of the Game; Then and Now."

Listen to Dorothy Mcintyre talk about the history of women's basketball in Minnesota. Then listen to Pat Lamb and Tammy-Metcalf-Filzen talk about the history of women's basketball in Northfield.

This program will start at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Admission is $2 for non-members and adults. If you have any questions, please call the Northfield Historical Society at 645-9268.

Hayes Scriven is the executive director of the Northfield Historical Society 


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhew!  The concessionaires are gone, the streets are open and we are free to move around town again.

Not that we didn't have fun at DJJD, but . . .

Lots to do on this fall weekend. Friday night the new exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild opens.  "Melange" features the work of Rhonda Banks, Toni Easterson, Sharol Nau and Riki Kolbl Nelson.  The opening reception is Friday night, from 7-9 p.m.  NAG is also hosting 'Coffeehouse Writer's Night' on Friday at the Center for the Arts on Division Street.  Local writers are invited to read their works in an open mike setting starting at 7:30 p.m.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


History comes to life each fall in DJJD

If you live in Northfield, I don't have to explain who these men are and what's going on this weekend. If you're not volunteering, you've already picked out your favorite events and made plans to be a part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days -- DJJD as its known here. As usual with big events, we have a photo gallery set up and will update it through the weekend. And you can go directly to the DJJD homepage and schedule by clicking here or on the logo at right.

For those of you new to town or visiting, this is a typical festival, with food, entertainment, a parade, craft show and bank robbery...

OK, a bank robbery is a little different. And it's what has set this event apart for 58 years now.

More inside...


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Nine Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our ninth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 10th with the winner being announced on Monday, September 11th.

And hurry. We only have a few weeks left before we wrap up our membership campaign with a grand prize drawing. More on that soon...

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Telecommunications Disrupted

Editor's note: Service was finally restored at 7:45 p.m., after seven hours! Thanks to all the commenters for the great information and updates! You can see photos of the fiber that was cut in this photo set courtesy of Craig Dunton.

Northfield is experiencing a major telecommunications outage right now. Midwest Wireless, T-Mobile, Qwest (and Qwest DSL), and others are down. Cable internet service appears to be unaffected. Check out the comments attached to this story for more information.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFHmmm. . . What to do this weekend, what to do?

Well. obviously you have to go to Lowbrow High Octane art show presented by ArtOrg. The Northfield Entertainment Guide's own Nick Sinclair is showing his Hot Rod Art beginning Friday, August 25 through September 10. The opening night reception from 6-10 p.m. tonight, includes a cruise hosted by MNhotrods.com. For more information on the cruise and the show visit sinclairhotrods.com.

As always there is good music as well, on Friday night see Jellystone Yogi at the Contented Cow or Bridgewater Ramblers at the Tavern.

Saturday night Relativity plays the Tavern. It is the calm before the storm and I can tell that local entertainment is taking a break before September, DJJD and the return to school by many students will bring a heightened level of activity back to Northfield.

Watch for the next Northfield Entertainment Guide due out on Thursday, August 31, which will have all of September's activities included. You can pick up the Northfield Entertainment Guide at fine establishments throughout town, outside the Guide headquarters at 18 Bridge Square (during business hours), or download by clicking on the guide above.


Hailstorm: Northfield Takes a Lickin', Keeps on Tickin'

Editor's note: Thanks to all the people who have contributed photos. We have nearly 200 shots of the hail and hail damage from all over town in our Hail Storm Photo Gallery. There's more info in the comments below, and the St. Olaf College website also has a great story and photos.

PLEASE, if you have photos, send them to pictures@northfield.org! We will place them in the gallery. If you have stories and comments, add them in the comments below.

Lots, lots, lots more inside - more pictures, videos, insurance information, etc...


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